Land Drainage and Paddock Drainage

An efficient garden or paddock drainage system will eliminate water-logging to reduce compaction.

Allowing for easier maintenance and more flexible usage of the ground. This will ultimately improve land drainage, as well as the soil structure in general. Less water logging and puddles will arise as a result, making your lawn area much more usable.

When considering land drainage, bear in mind that a good drainage system will reduce the risk of detrimental water-logging to acceptable levels. It is not always a complete fix, but you should definitely see a reduction in the level of standing water.

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Different soil types

In some situations, there isn’t a need for artificial land drainage systems.

For example, where soils are coarsely textured and well structured. In these instances, the soil will be freely draining enough to allow all year-round use of the area. 

Here are the situations where we would recommend installation of additional garden or paddock drainage:

1. Heavy clay soils

These are renowned for being slowly permeable. Without land drainage they can be waterlogged for long periods, particularly in areas of high rainfall. This often leads to localised seasonal water logging.

2. Medium-textured soils, in high rainfall areas

In areas that receive particularly high rainfall, the water tables are likely to remain high for most of the year. Land drainage may be needed to reduce vulnerability to water-logging. As well as reducing the level of excessive surface water run off.

3. Light-textured soils

These type of soils are usually highly permeable. However, in some instances land drainage may be required to provide water table control. Particularly in low-lying areas, and during periods of high water tables.

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Is the soil draining?

It really is worth taking the time to examine the soil in your garden or paddocks.

You need to determine the type of soil that your land sits on, and whether it drains naturally freely. If your land is slow draining, or has damaged structure, you will need to bring in the experts. It is best to resolve any land drainage issues sooner rather than later.

The expert team at Croft Drainage Solutions are always on hand to provide advice and percolation tests. We have over 40 years of experience in the drainage industry.

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Compacted soil structure

Without good soil structure, land drainage is likely to be poor. Even if the drainage is natural, or drainage pipes are installed. Compacted layers of soil can restrict surface water. Preventing it from even reaching any underlying drainage systems.

Compacted soil is often found in land where a drainage system has already been installed. In these instances, the structure of the soil was usually never assessed. So essentially, a drainage system was put on top of poorly draining soil. Therefore the water would not reach the drainage system easily. Remedial action should be undertaken to remove compacted layers, before even considering land drainage installation.

Percolation tests

Croft Drainage recommend percolation tests being carried out on your land if compacted soil is predicted. For both lawns and paddocks down to grass, we would advise the soil structure is examined at several points. Each to a depth of at least 500mm. Contact us today to get this booked in, or if you require some land drainage advice.

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